Law Society Guidelines for Property sellers on Japanese Knotweed
Japanese knotweed devalues homeowners’ most valuable asset by an average of 10% in the UK. With 1 in 20 properties affected by this invasive weed, it has become a major issue! To read more of this article click here.
5% of houses in the UK are affected by Japanese knotweed
This figure has jumped up hugely in recent years – with the exponential growth of Japanese knotweed (JK) this means 1 house in 20 could be reduced in value by up to £100,000! To read more about this click here.
How To Identify Japanese Knotweed
Just by simply knowing how to spot Japanese Knotweed can save you a lot of hassle in the future. The earlier it is identified, the earlier licenced professionals such as ourselves can start to remediate the issue.
Japanese Knotweed Identification in Spring
If you live in the UK, you will have noticed the incredibly mild winter we have just had. While typically a lot of us will be happy to have seen the back end of it, those of us who have a Japanese Knotweed infestation on their premises will have a feeling of dread when they see the tell-tale red shoots coming back up earlier in the year than expected. To read more, click here.
Japanese Knotweed CPD Event – how to book your tickets now!
If you work within an industry where Japanese Knotweed poses a real threat, whether that be through your client’s property, your development site or even legal disputes, our Japanese Knotweed CPD course may prove to be invaluable for you! To find out more, click here.
When Knotweed runs riot – real-life interview with a homeowner who knows all too well the destruction Japanese Knotweed can cause.
We all hear the horror stories about how Japanese Knotweed reduces property values by 100% and is notorious for bringing house sales to a grinding halt, much to the dismay of many vendors. Japanese Knotweed Expert speaks to a single mum of 2 who was unfortunate enough to be blighted by this prolific weed. To read more, click here.
P35 Reports – What are they and when do I need one?
Getting lost in the legal jargon which is thrown at you once you instruct a legal professional is a rabbit hole too many of us take a trip down, make sure you know what a P35 report is and when you might need one. To read more of this article, click here.
CPD Course 24th April 2019
If you work within an industry where Japanese Knotweed poses a real threat, whether that be through your client’s property, your development site or even legal disputes, our Japanese Knotweed CPD course may prove to be invaluable for you! To read more on this article, click here.
Property owner fined £18k for not remediating Japanese Knotweed
Japanese Knotweed growing on a property based in Bristol has been the cause of a property firm being indicted with a hefty fine. The Japanese Knotweed affected 7 properties and Bristol City Council prosecuted MB Estate Limited which owned the offending property. To read more on this article click here…
What should you do if you find Japanese Knotweed growing on your property?
If you are looking to buy or sell a property, you will most likely have heard of Japanese Knotweed. Although it is not illegal to allow Japanese Knotweed growing on your property but it is illegal to allow it to spread – what is your responsibility when it comes to invasive weeds? To read more about this click here.
Japanese Knotweed Vs Network Rail
What the Waistell vs Network Rail case means for you…
We have all heard about the landmark Japanese Knotweed case of Mr Waistell v Network Rail, but what exactly was the precedent which was set following the hearing?
Japanese Knotweed was typically used by Network Rail to stabilise railway embankments in the past and due to this, most railways in Britain are dotted with stands of the invasive weed. Unfortunately for Mr Waistell, his property backed onto one such area. To read more click here.
Neighbours with Knotweed – a guide to avoid disputes
If you are particularly house proud, you will know that the outside of your home is just as important as the interior. So what should you do when you notice Japanese Knotweed growing in the property next door? To read more click here.
What is a P35 Expert Report?
A P35 Expert Report is a legal document which is produced in court. It includes all of the information about your particular case of Japanese Knotweed. You would normally need a P35 Expert Report when Japanese Knotweed has crossed a boundary or has caused some liability for one of the parties. If you would like to find out more about our P35 Expert Reports for Japanese Knotweed, click here.
Japanese Knotweed vs Property
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How to identify Japanese knotweed in the winter
Find out what Japanese knotweed looks like in the winter by clicking here.
We are now BALI Accredited
Japanese Knotweed Expert are now BALI Accredited. Click here to find out more.
Join our CPD Course on 25th January 2019
Japanese Knotweed is a fast-growing invasive weed, we now offer an in-house CPD course. Click here to find out more.
An Interview with Mia from The Property Buying Company
We sat down with a property expert to get their opinion on Japanese Knotweed. To read more about their experiences, click here.
Japanese Knotweed in November
Take a look at what is happening to Japanese Knotweed during the late Autumn here.
Knotweed and Rhododendron threatening the beautiful Corrieshalloch Gorge, near Ullapool
Recreational gorge scramblers have been enlisted to get to the root of the Japanese Knotweed and Rhododendron on the side of Corrieshalloch Gorge. Click here to find out why.
Common Misconceptions About Japanese Knotweed
We’ve debunked some myths about Japanese Knotweed. Click here to learn more.
A Meeting with Rodger Burnett
Our director had the pleasure of meeting with Rodger Burnett, the solicitor in the Williams & Waistell Vs Network Rail case. Find out what happened here.
Japanese Knotweed in September
Do you know how to identify Japanese Knotweed in late summer? Find out here.
Don’t Delay – Book Your CPD Course Today
Are you still yet to secure your seat? Click here to find out more.
Why should I Attend Your CPD Course?
Are you unsure as to what a CPD course is? Learn more here.
Japanese Knotweed Infomation for Property Developers
Are you a property developer? To discover why Japanese Knotweed is a problem that you can’t afford to ignore, click here.
Officially CPD Certified!
We are immensely proud to announce that we are now officially CPD certified! To read more about it, click here.
Landmark ruling in Japanese Knotweed dispute
An update to the 2013 landmark case between Japanese Knotweed and Network Rail? To find out more, click here.
Japanese Knotweed in Summer
Summer is finally here, and the sun has started to shine – bliss! You will have noticed that your gardens are flourishing due to the warm weather – but how do you know if you have Japanese Knotweed growing on your property? To find out, click here.
Introducing our HR and Compliance Advisor
We would like to introduce Marianne Gibson our newest team member at Japanese Knotweed Expert Ltd. Marianne has joined our team as our HR and Compliance Advisor. To learn more about Marianne and her role, click here.
Introducing Our Business Development Assistant
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce Alexandria Mackenzie as our newest team member at Japanese Knotweed Expert. To learn more about the role Alex will taking in the company, click here.
First Treatment of the Year!
This month we will be carrying out our first Japanese Knotweed treatment of the year.
For over eighteen years we have honed our treatment methods and now strive to offer the most effective for eradicating Japanese Knotweed. These treatments can go much further than the standard herbicide applications, and all are recommended following a thorough site survey and included in our management plans. This means that each treatment is site-specific and tailored to the area in which Japanese Knotweed is growing.
Train the Surveyor 2018
We are excited to be holding our first Train the Surveyor event on Friday 27th April!
This event is aimed at helping property surveyors to identify Japanese Knotweed and the next steps following identification.
Mortgage Lenders and Japanese Knotweed
Many mortgage lenders will not lend against a property with a Japanese Knotweed infestation. This is the line we are all used to hearing and, whilst it is true, it’s not all doom and gloom. Mortgage lenders are much more likely to lend against a property with a Japanese Knotweed problem if there is a Management Plan in place.
The Life and Death of Japanese Knotweed
The Environment Agency recently described Japanese Knotweed as “indisputably the UK’s most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant”. As the weather warms up, Japanese Knotweed will resume growing so it’s important for homeowners to be vigilant.
We’ve created a timelapse video, The Life & Death of Japanese Knotweed, showing the growth of Japanese Knotweed over the year to help identify it. If you recognize the plant as something growing on your property, give us a call on 0800 1337 444 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invasive Species Week 2018
Last week (23rd – 29th March) was Invasive Species Week! First launched in 2015 by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and GB non-native species secretariat (NNSS), the aim of the week was to raise awareness of invasive non-native species, like Japanese Knotweed, and educate the public on how to stop the spread.
This year’s awareness week focused on a campaign called ‘Be Plant Wise’. Check out the NNSS website to read more about Invasive Species Week.
If you suspect you may have Japanese Knotweed growing on or near your property, remember you can always snap a picture and send it to us at email@example.com for free identification.
How does Japanese Knotweed affect your home insurance?
Spring is coming – Do you know what to look out for?
Spring is on it’s way and Japanese Knotweed will start growing again soon. Do you know what to look out for or how to identify Japanese Knotweed if it is in your garden? Check out our guide for identifying Japanese Knotweed!
Getting Rid of Japanese Knotweed is possible!
We have many clients contacting us on weekly basis, worried about a possible Japanese Knotweed infestation in their garden or on their site. They hear all of these scare stories about the damage Japanese Knotweed can cause, however eradication of Japanese Knotweed is possible.
As an expert in the Japanese Knotweed field we can assist in getting rid of Japanese knotweed; learn how we can help by clicking here!
Neighbour found liable for Japanese Knotweed costs
There has been a further update regarding the Smith vs Line case which we covered late last year. The case has now resulted in the Smiths’ neighbour, Rosemary Line, being ordered to employ contractors over the next five years to remove the Japanese Knotweed and pay all costs, including court costs. The Smiths’ claimed that the identification of Japanese Knotweed on their land resulted in their home losing a value of £50,000 and that this Japanese Knotweed spread from their neighbours land on to theirs.
If you have Japanese Knotweed on your land, don’t risk the same happening to you. Get in touch for advice on how best to move forward.
Legal Loopholes in the Declaration of Japanese Knotweed
A legal loophole is leaving buyers of new build properties open to potential Japanese Knotweed being on their land. Currently, developers and builders are not required to complete a TA6 form, which declares whether the property has been affected by any invasive weeds. Read more in the full article on the Telegraph.
Japanese Knotweed Expert – SSIP Accredited
We are very pleased to have been Accredited as SSIP compliant. Safety Schemes in Procurement actively works to promote high standard of Health and Safety and means that we adhere to strict guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and any members of public that may be affected by our work. For more information, please visit our Qualifications page.
Japanese Knotweed Tracker
Did you know that the Environmental Agency set up a map showing the distribution of Japanese Knotweed over the UK. Check it out here and see how close Japanese Knotweed is getting to your property. Why not get in touch to have your property surveyed for the presence of this invasive weed – we can issue you with confirmation that your garden is Knotweed free, providing you with peace of mind.
Japanese Knotweed in Court
As you have probably heard, the presence of Japanese Knotweed on a property can result in parties being taken to court. Sometimes an expert is required to overview any excavation work that has already been completed on a property or any treatment that has been carried out. This is when a P35 Expert Report comes in to play. Find out more about them here.
Sale of a House Falls Through Due To Japanese Knotweed
Having put his house up for sale and paid out for solicitors fees, the sale of Mr Kidd’s house fell through when Japanese Knotweed was found on Network Rails land that was adjacent to his own. Find out more here.
Why You Shouldn’t Try to Remove Japanese Knotweed Yourself
When you find out you have Japanese Knotweed on your premises, it may be tempting to remove it yourself, to cut back on professional eradication costs. Find out here why it’s always best to have the professionals take care of it.
Japanese Knotweed History Lesson
Japanese Knotweed was first brought over to Europe in 1850 by European explorer Philipp Franz von Siebold. It was loved by the Victorians because it looked like bamboo and grew into a bush very quickly. Today though, it is now known as an invasive weed and needs to be removed as soon as it is spotted on any site. Find out about our removal process here
Did you know? It cost £70 million to have Japanese Knotweed removed from a 10-acre area of the London 2012 Olympic Games velodrome and aquatic centre.
Don’t let Japanese Knotweed Stop You From Selling Your Property
Not only can Japanese Knotweed affect the selling price of your property, it can also affect your chances of selling it if you don’t have a PCA qualified companies management plan in place. This happened to a client of ours in Manchester. Click here to find out more…
Suspected Japanese Knotweed – Misidentified!
A client in London thought they had Japanese Knotweed on their site but it had been misidentified! Click here to find out more…
Another Japanese Knotweed case goes to court!
Adam and Eleanor Smith of Maenporth, near Falmouth in Cornwall, are taking their pensioner neighbour, Rosemary Line, to court on 6th October 2017, following a Japanese Knotweed dispute. Their home has been devalued by 10% due to knotweed that has been encroaching on their land from Mrs Lines, for the past 11 years! You can read the full article, originally published by The Daily Mail online, by clicking here.
If you are in a similar situation to Mr and Mrs Smith, get in touch today for free expert advice on 0800 1337 444
Why you need to eradicate your Japanese Knotweed
Find out why you need to eradicate your Japanese Knotweed by clicking here…
Marketing Internship at Japanese Knotweed Expert Limited
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Update on Network Rail Case
Mr Waistell and Network Rail are locked in a legal battle as Network Rail appealed the county court decision, that it should pay £15,000 in damages for the Japanese Knotweed that spread from Network Rails land to Mr Waistells property.
If you would like to view the full article posted by the Telegraph, please click here.
Can having Japanese Knotweed result in a prison sentence?
As if finding out you have Japanese Knotweed in your garden isn’t enough bad news, did you know that failure to take the steps to eradicate it can result in a £2,000 fine or even a 2-year prison sentence?
We have found an interesting article, posted by the Coventry Telegraph online, warning people about the rise of Japanese Knotweed and how this can affect you.
If you would like to view the full article posted by the Coventry Telegraph, please click here.
Community Protection Notice from Home Office
New Home Office guidance now enables local councils and the police to issue Community Protection Notices against “individuals who are acting unreasonably and who persistently or continually act in a way that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality” which includes Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds.
Network Rail sued over Japanese Knotweed
Rodger Burnett, the Director and founder of Charles Lyndon, has successfully sued Network Rail over a case of Japanese Knotweed. He represented Mr Waistell who was trying to sell his property but couldn’t due to the presence of the Japanese Knotweed on the Railway Embankment.